Faculty of
Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology

Professor Vicki Chen
Professor Vicki Chen, Executive Dean

It has certainly been an unprecedented start to the year!

The Novel Coronavirus (COVID-19) has created an extraordinary and fluid situation for our students and staff. Our focus has been firmly on providing support and flexible options to enable students the opportunity to continue to study remotely in Semester 1.

The response from teams across the Faculty has been nothing short of exceptional, as our community continues to rally together to positively respond to this challenging situation.

In more uplifting news, we’re excited that our colleagues in the Faculty of Science are well on the way to creating a fast-tracked vaccine for COVID-19.

Despite the clear challenges that have arisen, the beginning of the new year has seen another fantastic, new cohort of EAIT students welcomed on campus.  We have a lot of other significant initiatives and news to share.

The Andrew N. Liveris Building is starting to come to life as we pour the slabs on level four, and the lift cores and stairs two levels ahead. The building provides a wonderful opportunity to bring the School of Chemical Engineering back into one location for the first time in over 20 years, led by new Head of Chemical Engineering, Professor Justin Cooper-White.

Congratulations go to Dr Chris Leonardi from our School of Mechanical and Mining Engineering on his AAUT Citation for Outstanding Contribution to Student Learning. Chris’ citation was for promoting "experience-based" learning of mining engineering, without digging up the classroom floor, through the use of virtual reality technology and industry best-practice.

Chris joins the constantly growing number of academics in the Faculty who have been recognised by the AAUT for their contributions to the student experience as we continually look to improve the way our students learn.

I am delighted to share that of the 22 successful Advanced Queensland Research Fellowships that UQ won this year, our Faculty was awarded 17! This is an outstanding achievement and I would like to congratulate all our successful applicants.

It is of particular note that these fellowships require industry support, so I would like to particularly thank those of those of you that continue to engage with UQ.

I encourage you to view our other latest stories and news, and look forward to the next time we meet.

Best regards,

Vicki